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Poster: tree-ap Date: Mar 30, 2007 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Trails from the Blotter: The Grateful Range

Agreeing with most of you here, Vince was just here to fill the empty chair, and Bruce was just a "guest star" @ all the shows he did with the GD. The band was tired, and it was getting harder & harder for them to keep up the grinding machine that The Grateful Dead became. The largest venues they could find were selling out, & there were STILL too many people outside the gates with nothing better to do than party (or who were there to do nothing BUT party). While I will never say that I didn't enjoy the party aspect of going to shows, I was there for music ultimately.

I've said before that I think they would've taken another "retirement" after '95 had Jerry not died then. They may have had a fall tour after all the terrible shit that went down in the summer, but I think it would have been prefaced with the anouncement that they were taking time off---indefinitely. Taking a year or two & coming back for a Fall tour in '98, or Spring tour in '99 might've helped Jerry kick his habit for awhile, and thinned out the crowds enough to push on for maybe another few years. Then I think tours would be shorter, and only maybe twice a year. Any way you look at it, the end came as it came which is a shame considering the events leading up to Brent's & Jerry's deaths. Anyone remember Pittsburgh in '89 (I think it was Pitt?) and the "riots" where so many people were pummelled by the pigs, and it was flashed on the evening news all across the country about the deadheads & their unruliness? Camping & vending was officially disallowed, then the next Summer Brent died---the real beginning of the end. Then the summer of '95, and we all remember how bad that was.

Back to Vince & Bruce though---yes, there were moments of magic, BUT, The Grateful Dead had basically lost it's boiler, thus NO STEAM...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 30, 2007 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Trails from the Blotter: The Grateful Range


totally agree w/your "what-if" scenario...i often wonder if they could somehow have just scaled back the constant touring, played only a few select times a year for the right audiences, what might have been...

sadly, from what i've heard, they were supporting so many people financially by the 90's that they HAD to keep touring, but it sure did take its toll.